Accompanying the only American showing of an exhibition devoted to
the painter Stuart Davis (1892-1964) at Washington's National
Museum of American Art during the summer of 1998, this publication
offers a fresh look at the quintessential American painter of the
early modern period. An aficionado of jazz who experimented with
improvisational composition, Davis created, in the 1920s and 1930s,
a spirited American variant of Picasso's and Braque's synthetic
cubism and anticipated key elements of pop art. Essayists include
leading American scholars of Davis's work and jazz critic Ben
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